The Komets improved their blue-line offense on Monday by signing defenseman Jamie Milam.
Milam, 28, scored 20 goals and 41 points last year for the Komets before heading to Europe this season. He's been playing with Cardiff of the EIHL (England) and GKS of the Poland elite league.
``Obviously Jamie and I are good buddies, and I think he's a piece of this puzzle that will really help,'' said veteran Komets center Brett Smith, who helped put the deal together. ``Getting him back there on the power play is really going to help us. He's a guy we're going to look for one-timers from the point, and he's just going to add a threat. Jamie is really, really excited about coming back.''
The Komets have been looking for offensive help from a new defenseman for weeks. Komets General Manager David Franke credited Smith and player/assistant coach Colin Chaulk with helping land Milam.
``We know what he's all about,'' Franke said. ``We know him as a player and as a person compared to a new guy coming in. He can run our power play, he can score and he's got a great shot. I think Milam getting shots on goal is going to help all our players, and Matt Syroczynski being there, too. If we are going to do anything in the playoffs, our special teams have to get better, and with Milam I'm sure the power play will get better.''
Milam will leave Poland on Wednesday and is unlikely to be able to join the Komets this week when they play three games in Colorado. Chaulk is currently out with an injury and will not make the trip this week to Colorado, Franke said.
``It's hard to find guys at this time of the year, especially solid defensemen who have been through the wars,'' Smith said.
Franke said he also had talks with a forward about coming from Europe, but he was unable to get the deal finished in time for today's 5 p.m. ECHL deadline.
I think we have enough forwards right now,'' Franke said. ``You can tell that with Syro, he's going to be able to help. The more he plays the better shape he's going to get in. I think we're probably set right now, but you never know.''
Icing the puck
Kenny Reiter was named ECHL Goaltender of the Month going 6-1-0 with one shutout, a 1.96 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage in seven appearances during the month. Reiter is currently called up to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League. ... Defenseman Brent Henley has been returned to the Komets from Lake Erie of the AHL and has been placed on reserve, which he can come off at any time. Defenseman Daniel Maggio has been loaned to Lake Erie.